IDC kicks off the 2019-2020 academic year with 7,400 students 

and new graduate programs – both Master’s and Ph.D.’s

• The number of students has risen to approximately 7,400 (compared to about 7,000 in 2018)

• In addition to the Ph.D. in Law, four unique M.A. programs have opened this year

• A unit for the interdisciplinary research of the brain has been established, which combines life sciences, computer science, psychology and communications

• The demand for undergraduate studies in entrepreneurship has continued to increase

• This year 2,000 students from all over the world will attend the international school, the largest in Israel for full-time degree studies for students from abroad

IDC Herzliya commenced the 2019-2020 academic year on Sunday, October 27th with approximately 7,400 students, compared to around 7,000 students at the beginning of the last academic year. This increase in the number of students is due mainly to the new and unique M.A. and M.Sc. degrees being offered. About 3,100 new undergraduate and graduate students began orientation in the campus’s ten schools this week.

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Last night at the ICT’s World Summit on Counter Terrorism the annual memorial ceremony for the victims of 9/11 & terrorism worldwide took place. This heartwarming evening was spent with American first, military and government officials taking the stage to remember the worst terror attack in American History. Speakers included Prof. Boaz Ganor, Founder & Executive Director, ICT, IDC Herzliya, who announced the launch of ENOUGH winning terrorism campaign. Congressman Robert Pittenger, Chairman, Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum, United States Lt. Col. John Myers, United States Army War College Fellow at ICT, Brig. Gen. Charles E. Brown Jr., Senior Defense Official & Defense Attaché to Israel, United States and The Honorable David Glawe, Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), United States.

Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Jonathan Davis, Vice President for External Relations and Head of the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS), IDC Herzliya, Israel

The US national anthem and Israeli Hatikvah were sung beautifully in front of a packed auditorium.

Meet Michal Yonati Fraiman, Director of West Coast Operations

Michal Yonati Fraiman joined American Friends of IDC in 2014. Currently, she serves as the Director of West Coast Operations, leading the expansion of AFIDC's reach in the region by engaging supporters, alumni, and prospective students, as well as developing IDC's partnerships with local universities and companies. In addition to her responsibilities on the West Coast, Michal collaborates with AFIDC's Executive Director, Leslie Skyba, in developing AFIDC's overall operations, development, and planning strategies.

In 2018, Michal established the U.S. Alumni Association, and with Prof. Uriel Reichman's guidance, nominated the Alumni Leadership Board. This board aims to build and strengthen the alumni community across the United States. In this role, Michal works closely with the board on mission development, strategic planning, and communication to the U.S. alumni community.

Michal's previous varied experience in the non-profit sector includes working with underserved populations, managing a lone soldier program, and working for a leading Think Tank in Israel. Michal is a lifelong learner and is a recent graduate of YESH Institute, a premier leadership program offered by the UJA-Federation of New-York.

Michal is a proud IDC Alumna, graduating from the Sammy Ofer School of Communications with a major in Persuasive Communication and a Minor in Psychology.

Originally from Israel, Michal and her husband now live in Palo Alto with their two daughters, Mia and Yahli. Michal loves cooking, traveling, photography, and spending time with her family- especially when they are not throwing a tantrum.

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